After more than a month of hiatus, I finally managed to write a new blog post. Yay!!!!! Today, I am going to write a review about one of the most popular pizza places in inner CBD. +39 Pizzeria, which got its name from the international dial code for Italy, started operating in 2009. In the last 7 years, the restaurant has received much praise from the public, including gaining the ‘Best Pizza in Melbourne’ title from The Age Epicure.
Heard through the grapevine, we need to book a table even during lunch to avoid disappointment. So, my sister and I decided to reserve a table during lunch. When I arrived at the place, I was quite surprised because the place did not seem to be crowded at all. In fact, it was almost quiet.
Margherita Pizza+ Prosciutto di Parma ($20)
It’s a classic dish, done with lots of flavors. The crust was crunchy, and the prosciutto added a little bit more taste of salt.
Linguine Alla Scapece ($19.5)
Beautifully smooth and chewy texture but not finely dusted with parmesan. The flavor was a tad too tomato-ee and not so much saltiness.
Well, our lunch turned out to be not so pleasurable yet not disappointing either. While the pizza was tantalizing, the pasta was less than perfect. But, I might go back to try some other dishes.
Crushing On: King Fish Sashimi (Palate Cleanser); Twice cooked pork belly; Eight score sher wagyu beef
Crush Level: 4/5
Date of Visit: 28/07/2015
So, back in July, my sister and I were treated by her friends to dine at Ezard. Ezard is a fine dining restaurant located in the basement of Adelphi Hotel, which is also the home of Om Nom Dessert Bar. Since 2012, the restaurant that is owned by Teage Ezard, has won several awards including The Age Good Food Guide Awards.
The interior of the restaurant is luxuriously elegant, and the staffs was extremely professional. As we have never been to the place before, they explained the menu and thoroughly.
Complimentary Bread with 3 spices and 1 sauce
Like in other fine dining restaurants, they also serve a complimentary bread for each of us. It came with an olive oil sauce that had already been infused with garlic and parmesan, and 3 spices: peppercorn (brown), rock-salt (white), and bonito&wakame&sesame flakes.
Palate Cleanser: Kingfish Sashimi, sesame, & curd
It was like eating a piece of fish that was swimming in the middle of a fresh lemon ocean. It’s like my taste bud was being purified. Brilliant!
Twice cooked pork belly, mustard glaze, black pudding, apple, celeriac, and fennel pollen ($28)
The skin was incredibly crisp, paired with the tender meat and distinct flavor of the seasoning. It was tantalizing.
Steamed spanner crab dumplings, Yarra Valley salmon roe, chervil, coconut tom kha ($31)
This was my sister’s friends’ dish, and they said it was delightful.
Chinese style duck breast, taro dumplings, sichuan peppered yellow bean dressing, asian herb salad ($52)
Although the Sichuan sauce was not that powerful, the duck breast was remarkably delicate. Moreover, the taro dumplings were game changers. It was crunchy but fluffy in the inside.
I was tempted to crush the sugar swirl but for beauty purpose I decided to control myself and let it live. The ice cream itself was a little bit sugary, but the texture was awesomely smooth and velvety.
• Poached Pear
It was fruity and crisp, but it did not entertain me.
• Poppy-seed cake
Another sweet treat. The cake was a little bit hard when I tried to slice it using my spoon. However, it was easily chewed.
Although some of the desserts did not captivate me, overall, the food was striking. In addition, I love the fact that the staffs were astoundingly competent in doing their job. I would be glad to try some other menus in the future.
Address: Shop 1, 29-31 Scott Street, Elwood, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: Fri (7:30 AM to 9 AM), Sat (8 AM to 9:30 AM),
Sun (8 AM to 9:30 AM)
Staff: Super Friendly!
Crushing On: Ham & Gruyere, Twice Baked Almond
Crush Level: 4.5/5
Date Of Visit: 31/07/2015
Had to wake up at 4.30 AM and wait in the cold for 2 hours. BUT! My hardwork was literally paid off. Each person can only buy 6 pastries and my sister and I opted for the ham & gruyere, danish, croissant, choc almond, cruffin pb&j, and twice baked almond. They are alllllllll scrumptious! How can a croissant be so crisp and fluffy at the same time?
If you are waiting in the cold, don't refuse when they ask you to order the hot chocolate because it is as fluttering as the croissants! I also heard they are moving soon. I hope they keep their Parisian concept at the new Fitzroy store.
Shandong Mama is a dumpling specialist restaurant located in the Chinatown area to be precise it is situated inside the Midcity Arcade. I was surprised to see that the restaurant was fully packed of customers even though it was a 6PM on a Thursday night. Luckily, my university friends and I do not need to wait for a table in more than 10 minutes.
Dillicious Pork Fried Dumplings ($13.80)
The dill dominated the dish. The flavor was quite strong and the pork was gratifyingly tender. However, some of the dumplings were burnt so we could taste a little bit of bitterness.
Fish Dumplings Boiled ($15.80)
The dumplings’ skin was a bit too thick and even though the filling was good, it lacked a little bit of punch.
Scallion & Egg Pancake ($7.80)
The pancake was full of grease and salt. Not to my liking at all.
Eight Treasures Tea ($3/person)
The tea was warm and hydrating. Good enough to wash away the oil from the pancake.
Everyone has his or her own opinion. For me, Shandong Mama is certainly not the best place for dumplings. The service was great but the food was a little disappointing. It was enjoyable but it did not really stand out.